Food and Drug Administration News

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7/29/2014
It's 'Buyer Beware' for Decorative Contact Lenses, FDA Says

Get an eye exam and a valid prescription to help prevent eye damage, experts caution

7/28/2014
FDA Expands Use of Imbruvica for Form of Leukemia

People with CLL and a specific genetic anomaly can now get the therapy

7/24/2014
FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller

Targiniq ER contains naloxone, which blunts euphoria of oxycodone when tablet is crushed or broken

7/24/2014
Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone Approved

Targiniq includes naloxone, which blocks euphoric effect if pill is crushed or broken

7/23/2014
Zydelig Approved for Three Types of Blood Cancer

But label warns drug may be toxic to liver

7/17/2014
Ruconest Approved for Rare Genetic Disease

Hereditary angioedema causes swelling of extremities, face and airways

7/3/2014
7/2/2014
Latest Study Finds No Link Between Testosterone Supplements, Heart Attack

Finding runs counter to some prior reports; much larger trials are needed, experts say

6/30/2014
6/30/2014
FDA Approves Inhaled Diabetes Medication

Afrezza is taken at mealtimes, along with long-acting insulin or standard diabetes pills

6/26/2014
Numbing Medications Can Harm Teething Babies, FDA Warns

Products containing lidocaine or benzocaine have been linked to serious illness and even death, agency says

6/25/2014
Some Acne Products Can Trigger Severe Allergic Reactions: FDA

In rare instances, reactions are potentially life-threatening, agency says

6/24/2014
Blood Pressure Kiosks May Not Always Give Accurate Readings

FDA experts warn that if the cuff is too small or too large for your arm, the results may not be reliable

6/23/2014
Sivextro Approved for Severe Skin Infections

Antibiotic can be injected or taken as a pill

6/20/2014
Testosterone Products Must Warn About Risk of Venous Clots: FDA

Announcement comes as agency continues broader review of the popular supplements' effects on heart

6/20/2014
FDA: Bee Pollen Weight Loss Products Pose Health Risks

Some contain undeclared ingredients that can harm people with high blood pressure, other ailments, agency says

6/18/2014
FDA Panel Backs Appetite-Curbing Implant for Severely Obese

Agency committee says nerve-stimulating device may offer more benefits than risks

6/13/2014
Lymphoseek Approved for Diagnosing Cancer Severity

Imaging agent helps determine if squamous cell has spread to head and neck

6/10/2014
Pregnant or Breast-feeding Women Urged to Eat More Fish

Choose types lower in mercury, such as cod, salmon and tilapia, FDA and EPA say

6/10/2014
Exercise May Spur More Varied Gut Microbes, Study Finds

In turn, that may boost immune system and overall health, researchers note

6/9/2014
FDA Sets Safety Standards for Infant Formula

Rules call for periodic testing for nutritional content, good manufacturing practices

6/9/2014
6/8/2014
Sizing Up Your Options for Hay Fever Relief

Newly approved meds dial down your immune system's reaction to allergens

6/2/2014
New Test Helps Doctors ID Kidney Disease Cause

Including autoimmune or infection

6/2/2014
Melanoma Drug Trials Show Significant Promise

By targeting immune system, new treatments extend average survival

5/30/2014
FDA Approves Generic Version of Painkiller Celebrex

Medicine will carry warning alerting users of potential heart risks

5/30/2014
Diabetes Drug May Spur Weight Loss in Obese Nondiabetics

One-third who took Victoza lost 10 percent of body weight, researchers say

5/29/2014
FDA Orders New Warning Labels for Tanning Beds

All sunlamp devices must warn against use by people under 18, agency says

5/29/2014
Remote Monitoring Device Approved for Heart Patients

Measures pulmonary artery pressure and heart rate

5/27/2014
FDA Approves Antibiotic for Skin Infections

Dalvance (dalbavancin) should help against bacteria resistant to older drugs

5/22/2014
Illegal Online Meds Targeted in Worldwide Crackdown, FDA Says

More than 19,600 packages seized in U.S., including drugs for diabetes, glaucoma and impotence

5/22/2014
FDA OKs Test to Improve Blood Donor-Recipient Matching

New method uses genetics and computer technology to determine most compatible red blood cells

5/21/2014
FDA OKs New Drug for Hard-to-Treat Colitis and Crohn's

Injections of Entyvio may help when standard therapy for the digestive disorders has failed

5/20/2014
5/20/2014
FDA Approves New Artificial Sweetener

Advantame can be used to sweeten coffee, tea and as an ingredient in cooking

5/15/2014
Start Sleep Drug Lunesta at Lower Dose for Safety, FDA Says

Agency points to studies showing daytime drowsiness that could interfere with driving

5/9/2014
FDA OKs Artificial Arm That Does Complex Tasks

DEKA Arm System allows user to multi-task, agency says

5/9/2014
Bionic Prosthetic Arm Approved

Helps amputees perform complex tasks by using signals from nearby muscles

5/9/2014
FDA Approves New Type of Anti-Clotting Drug

Zontivity, which belongs to a novel class of drugs, reduced heart, stroke, cardiovascular death in patients

5/8/2014
5/7/2014
Nicotine Poisoning of Infant Highlights 'E-Cig' Dangers, Docs Report

10-month-old boy was sickened but survived toxic ingestion of liquid used for 'vaping'

5/6/2014
Daily Aspirin Regimen Not Safe for Everyone, FDA Warns

It may cause more harm than good in those who have not experienced heart problems or stroke

5/5/2014
FDA Panel Says No to Over-the-Counter Allergy Drug Singulair

Experts expressed relief at the decision, citing safety concerns

4/29/2014
FDA Moves Female Incontinence Device to 'High Risk' Status

Vaginal mesh devices have been linked to pain, infection, other problems, agency says

4/25/2014
FDA Warns Against Bogus Autism Treatments

Consumers should beware of false, misleading claims, says agency, which has issued warnings to makers

4/25/2014
Saturday Is National Drug Take-Back Day

Rid your home of unused, expired prescription meds by turning them in at a collection site near you

4/25/2014
FDA Advisers: Ban Use of Behavior-Modifying 'Shock Devices'

The controversial tools are used on emotionally disabled kids at a Mass. facility

4/24/2014
FDA Approves HPV Test as Initial Screen for Cervical Cancer

Detects presence of high-risk strains of virus believed to cause disease

4/24/2014
FDA Proposes E-Cigarette Regulations

Opponents of the increasingly popular devices worry about their impact on children

4/24/2014
FDA Reconsiders Behavior-Modifying 'Shock Devices'

Agency meets Thursday to discuss outlawing tools used on emotionally disabled kids